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This is Beth. With reactions to the “mullet.” It didn’t come across as a mullet. I couldn’t tell if folks were more disappointed that I tried to do a mullet or that I failed.

The first pic I posted on facebook met with “pretty!” responses.

Mullet 1

May have confirmed the stereotype: long hair = pretty.

These pics were deemed slightly more mullet-like:

Mullet day 1a Mullet day 1b

The jean jacket (with comb in the pocket) helped.

The best reaction was the friend at work who busted out in a full belly laugh when she saw me, more then once. Comments included, “You going to play hockey after work?” A coworker asked, “Did Beth get extensions?” Huh… No, clinical study. At book group I got, “It looks normal from the front.” Well, it is business in the front… I turned around to reveal the party in the back, everyone laughed, we toasted, and proceeded to party like only book group can.

Many people wanted to touch the extra-long hair.

But the lack of reaction is what surprised me the most. Really, the hair looked ridiculous, no blending from the shorter layers and freakishly long. No one who didn’t already know about the little hair/blog project asked about it.

Alas, I continued wearing the (clip-in) extensions meant to approximate a mullet. Just as Liz couldn’t undo her duo-chrome do (even in the face of portrait taking for work), I had to see the month through. Okay, okay, I took weekends off. And luckily it’s a short month for me as I must get the new do done before leaving town.

P.S. Comb of the month pic, a new shipment:

June combs

P.S.S. The post headline comes from the movie Wreck it Ralph: Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz asks John C. Reilly’s Wreck-It, “Why are your hands so freakishly big?

When Beth told us about her and Liz’s blog project, I was inspired to participate.  Like Michelle, I have had short hair for a long time, so I decided to grow it out.  This REALLY doesn’t feel natural to me, but I’m trying to hang with it for as long as possible.

When I first came out, I thought I had to choose one of the five lesbian haircuts.  Unfortunately, it was the 80’s, so I chose a mullet:

Resa 1

Then in 1986, inspired by Aimee Mann, I added a tail:

Resa 2

Eventually I settled on lesbian haircut #3, the short pixie.  It was easy to wash, looked good with or without product, and most importantly said “I’M A LESBIAN!”  Especially when I was single and looking for women.  I’ve had a variation of this cut for the past 20 years.  In a recent attempt at looking like a younger dyke I tried the fauxhawk, dyke haircut #1 on this chart:  It didn’t work for me, so I went back to my usual cut which is closest to “The Modern Woman” on the chart.

Resa 3

Now it’s 2013 and my hair is growing fast.  I can’t remember the last time it was this long.  My partner likes it longer, and says it makes me look younger.  Of course, it’s possible she likes the fact that my hair isn’t screaming “I’m a lesbian” anymore.  As my hair grows, it’s wavier than I remember it being.  Here it was actually curly, but mostly because we were in humid Hawaii:

Resa 4

One of my co-workers, who is a lesbian, saw me in a meeting recently.  She said “Wow, your hair is long! And it’s… feathered.”  She did not sound like that was a good thing.  Knowing nothing about longer hair, I don’t know what I want it to look like, so I looked to the web for inspiration.  Unfortunately, this page was of no help because my hair is longer than all of these do’s:

So I just continue to let it grow and grow….

Resa 5

This is Beth. And it’s finally here… June.

1. The Do—Mullet.

Inspired by, sigh, a few classics:

Mullet Billy Ray Cyrus Mullet Andre-Agassi Mullet David Bowie Mullet Florence Henderson CLOONEY: 1980s HEADSHOT Mullet John Stamos Mullet Patrick Swayze Mullet Scarlett Johansson

And Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett (with mullet, not shag):

Mullet Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett

2. Music (what was playing at the salon during the doing of the do)—Note: music plays all the time at Bang, I don’t get to pick do-appropriate songs. This week I didn’t even notice the music with all the hair going on.

3. Drink (what I sipped at the salon during the doing of the do)—Note: I do get to choose the do-appropriate drink. This time, PBR. Liz and Gretchen joined and I think at least one of the talented Bang hair doers had some. Cheers!


4. The Theory—You know what they say: business in the front, party in the back. From “To say that the mullet is a hairstyle barely even scratches the surface of the issue. The mullet is a way of life, it is a state of mind, it is every person who wears it.” From “It is the sign of the redneck.”

5. Reactions—Before I disappoint, I have to admit that my mullet is not that short at the top and sides. Monica did it under protest; with her artistry and the help of extensions, the front-to-back ratio is well proportioned. We’ll see if it reads as a mullet.

Mullet 2

P.S. Music links: Title song The Vandals I’ve Got an Ape Drape; and Billy Ray.

This is Beth. And it’s May.

1. The Do—Shag

Inspired by


Shag the art 1Shag the art 2Shag the art 3 Shag the art 4 Shag the artist


Shag the Dance 1 Shag the dance 2Shag the dance 3 Shag the dance 4


Shag the movie 3 Shag the movie 1


Shaggy Scooby 1 Shaggy Scooby 2


Shaggy 3 Shaggy 2

But mostly Joan Jett:

Shag Joan Jett 2 Shag Joan Jett 1

And other ’80s rockers:

Shag Pat Benatar 2 Shag Rod Stewart Shag Mick Jagger

And a couple other classics:

Shag Jane Fonda 1 Shag Goldie Hawn

My shag is a lighter brown than last month’s “Brunette.”

2. Music (what was playing at the salon during the doing of the do)—Note: music plays all the time at Bang, I don’t get to pick do-appropriate songs. I do get to pick the title song for the blog post which I did days ago. Among the diverse assortment of songs that played during the doing of the shag – my girl Joan singing I Love Rock n’ Roll.

3. Drink (what I sipped at the salon during the doing of the do)—Note: I do get to choose the do-appropriate drink. This time, rum and coke. Easy to make, easy to drink. Enjoyed with friends (and a crap ton of foils):

May shag foils May shag crap ton of foils

They also brought pizza to share!

4. The Theory—The shag gets to be kinda short and kinda long at the same time (without being a mullet). Variations have come and gone for decades. The Joan Jett version is rockin’ tough. Edgy.

5. Reactions—Jill, Liz and Michelle said they like it. Impressed with Monica’s artistry in particular, I think they agree I may have to work on my edginess.

May shag done with friends May shag done

P.S. Title song: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, I Love Rock n’ Roll

This is Beth. As I sat getting the April Brunette do done, I came across this:

Many dos of Keira Knightley

The many dos of Keira Knightley – a perfect example of the kind of celebrity lock changing that inspired this little hair blog project.

This is Beth. And this is one of the most dramatic hair transformations I’ve seen recently, complete with great story!


SC long 1 SC long 2


SC short 2 SC short 1

In Suzuki’s words:

Since you asked about my thought process, a less-is-more spirit has been compelling me. After a lengthy period of neglect, I recently overhauled my office, cleaned out my closet, pruned my fruit trees, and stepped into a hair salon for the first time in a decade. (My husband is now off the hook for trims.) The time had come for an actual hairstyle!

Specifically, I desired a 1920s style that would work with my waves. I had to cut it a few times before it approximated what I had in mind.Then I had to figure out how to let it dry and get it styled into a somewhat decent shape. (The alternatives provide family entertainment. I can now look just like a human Q-Tip or like my head’s on fire.)

One thing I noticed after the latest cut was: Oh, I have a neck! Suddenly, jewelry seems apropos and looks right.

The style itself is a work-in-progress and I’m having fun experimenting. Change is good!

This is Beth. Mandi is one of my favorite people. Last year she cut off her long flowing locks, a fairly dramatic change.


AT long 2 AT long


AT short AT short 2

She is, of course, still beautiful. Inside and out!

Coming soon: a series of posts featuring other spectacular hair transformations.

This is Beth. And this is a little friend who has lots of dark hair.


Her mom told me that when she was born instead of saying, “It’s a girl,” they said, “Look at all that hair!”


She had her first haircut recently.

NW cut 1 NW cut 2

Did Angel cry? Nope, she loved the attention. Quite the diva said Mama (who also didn’t cry as anticipated).

P.S. The professional kid haircutter recommended no bangs – little-girl bangs tend to grow out into little-girl mullets in a few months. Mama agreed, dodged one there. I may not be so lucky in a few months.

Cole hair panel 1

Cole hair panel 2

Cole hair panel 3

Cole hair panel 4

Cole hair panel 5

Cole hair panel 6

This is Beth. Kicking it off with the fiery redhead.

1. The inaugural do: Reddish-orange inspired by The Fifth Element (Milla Jovovich as Leeloo)

Milla Jovovich Fifthe Element

and many famous female firecrackers. A small sample:

Maureen O'haraLucille Ball 1Tina Louise 3Molly RingwaldJulianne Moore 2Debra MessingChristina Hendricks 3 Alyson Hannigan

To be worn straight most of the month, although I may play with styles.

2. Music: Couldn’t hear much with sinks (3), dryers (3), and foils (many) spraying, blowing, and crinkling in my ears, but did come up for air long enough to catch Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer and Madonna’s Like a Prayer. Hum.

3. Drink: Spicy ginger beer, whiskey, and lime.

Jan drink mixin's Jan drink & foils

4. Theory: Redheads = hotheaded, passionate. Note: My hair has been various shades of reddish-brown at various times in my life, from auburn to burgundy. This do is a bit, well, less subtle. So maybe I’m actually testing the… vibrancy more than traditional redhead stereotypes (see #5).

5. Reactions – to be reported if/when needed throughout the month.

Jan done

What will it spark?

P.S. Links to the songs: (“…wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face… come on baby the laugh’s on me.”); (hair!); (some fire in that one).

P.P.S. Thanks to Monica of course and Kylie and Crystal of Bang.

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